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Chief Partygate Investigator Sue Gray Appointed As Keir Starmer's Chief of Staff

Sue Grey has been appointed to a senior function inside Labour (Alamy)

John Johnston

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Veteran civil servant Sue Grey, who led final yr’s ‘partygate’ investigation, has left her authorities place to take up a senior function in Labour as chief Keir Starmer’s chief of employees.

Grey resigned from her job as head of the Union and Structure Directorate on the Cupboard Workplace to take up the brand new function on Thursday, in accordance to Sky Information.

“The Labour Celebration has provided Sue Grey the function of chief of employees to the Chief of the Opposition. We perceive she hopes to just accept the function topic to the conventional procedures,” a Labour Celebration spokesperson mentioned, confirming the appointment. 

“Keir Starmer is delighted she is hoping to hitch our preparations for presidency and our mission to construct a greater Britain.”

Grey servant rose to public prominence after she was appointed to guide the ‘Partygate’ probe into allegations of lockdown breaching gatherings in Downing Avenue and Whitehall through the Covid lockdown.

Her report delivered a scathing evaluation of then prime minister Boris Johnson’s behaviour through the pandemic, saying the repeated gatherings confirmed a “failure of management and judgement”.

Information of her appointment led to fury amongst some Conservative MPs, who imagine her choice to take up the brand new job with Labour forged doubts on political impartiality in relation to the partygate investigation.

Conservative MP Brendan Clark-Smith mentioned: “As a former cupboard workplace minister myself, I’m genuinely shocked to see this.

“After the occasions of final yr, individuals will fairly understandably be questioning the appropriateness of this appointment, together with problems with impartiality.”

It’s unknown when Grey will take up the put up as will possible be topic to the ACOBA course of, which vets new roles taken up by former ministers and ex-senior civil servants leaving the federal government.

She is prone to be pressured to take a 3 month break earlier than beginning with Labour whereas Prime Minister Rishi Sunak could possibly be given the ultimate say on whether or not her appointment is permitted beneath the foundations.

A spokesperson for the Cupboard Workplace confirmed they had been already planning to evaluation the “circumstances beneath which she resigned”.

“We are able to affirm that Sue Grey has resigned from the put up of Second Everlasting Secretary within the Division for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities,” they mentioned.

“This was accepted by the division Everlasting Secretary and Cupboard Secretary with rapid impact.

“We won’t be commenting additional on particular person personnel issues. We’re reviewing the circumstances beneath which she resigned.”

Grey, whose new function will see her serving to Labour put together for presidency, comes after an extended profession within the civil service, together with a 4 yr stint as “propriety and ethics” lead on the cupboard workplace, a job which noticed her undertake dozens of investigations into ministers.

Grey will substitute Sam White as Starmer’s chief of employees after she was faraway from the put up after only a yr following reviews he was unpopular with different members of the shadow cupboard.

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